Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

Darius and Twig are best friends growing up in Harlem. Life isn't easy, but Darius and Twig aren't like a lot of the other boys. They each have something special that they think will enable them to achieve college scholarships and leave Harlem behind.

Darius, the narrator, is a talented writer and lives with his alcoholic mother who is struggling to keep her family together. Twig is a runner who has an infectious smile. Both have to survive and are desperately trying to leave Harlem unscathed. A college scholarship is their only way out.

There is violence and realistic graphic language that adds to this gritty realistic novel.  One thing for sure: you won't forget Darius & Twig.

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